24 February 2021
    Legal gender equality slips in the Philippines
    LEGAL GENDER EQUALITY in the Philippines regressed as no new reforms were implemented since late 2019, a World Bank study showed. The World Banks Women, Business and the Law (WBL) 2021 report, which identifies the laws and regulations restricting economic opportunity for women across 190 economies, showed the Philippines score stood at 78.8 out of 100. This was lower than its 81.3 score in the previous years report. Despite the dip, the Philippines latest score remained higher compared with the global average WBL score of 76.1 and East Asia and the Pacific regions average score of 71.9.
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    20 February 2021
    DOLE looking to grant 3-month wage subsidy for workers
    MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Labor and Employment is planning to provide a three-month wage subsidy for workers. In a virtual press conference Friday, Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said the wage subsidy is meant to help cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We based the budget proposal on the average wage of the workers in different sectors, said Tutay. It is between PHP7,000 to PHP11,000 subsidy and it will run for three months. She added that DOLE would need at least P62 billion, and P180 billion at most, from the Department of Budget and Management to fund the project with 25 percent of the workersâ wage set to be subsidized. So if it will run for three months and let us say we will shoulder 25 percent of the average wage, PHP62 billion the lowest we will request, said Tutay.
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    4 February 2021
    Boost employment assistance through PESOs-Bello
    National and local government units must work together to boost employment facilitation and upskill and re-tool workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday. Leading the inauguration of the Bulacan Public Employment Service Office (PESO) building in Malolos, Bulacan, the first of its kind stand-alone facility in Central Luzon, Bello thanked the province of Bulacan led by Governor Daniel Fernando for ensuring that DOLE programs and services reach workers and jobseekers, through the PESOs. PESOs are mandated to be established in every province, key city, and other strategic areas throughout the country to ensure prompt, timely, and efficient delivery of employment service and provision of information on DOLE programs.
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    2 February 2021
    SWS: Jobless Pinoys fall to 12.7 million in November 2020
    Fewer adults were unemployed in November 2020 compared to September of the same year, according to the national survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS). In November 2020, the survey found adult joblessness at 27.3 percent or an estimated 12.7 million adults, representing a 12-point drop from the 39.5 percent in September or 23.7 million. Before the COVID-19 crisis, joblessness was 17.5 percent in December. The Fourth Quarter 2020 Social Weather Survey was conducted from November 21-25 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide: 600 in Balance Luzon and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao. The sampling error margins are ±2.5percent for national percentages, ±4percent for Balance Luzon, and ±6percent for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
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    1 February 2021
    ALU-TUCP, hindi muna maghahain ng petisyon para sa umento sa sahod
    METRO MANILA-Naiintindihan ng grupo ng mga manggagawa ang situwasyon ngayong panahon ng pandemya kayaât hindi muna sila hihiling ng dagdag sahod. Yung mga manggagawa at yung mga negosyante ay lubhang apektado nitong pandemic crisis na ito. Kung kayat sa aming assessment hindi pa napapanahon ang pag file ng wage increase petition sa panahong ito ani Spokesperson, ALU-TUCP Alan Tanjusay. Pero ilang mga kahilingang ang inilatag ng grupo sa pamahalaan. Una ang pagpapatupad ng price freeze sa mga pangunahing bilihin para hindi na madagdagan ang bigat sa kanilang bulsa. Pero dapat aniyang maging mahigpit dito ang mga otoridad para maging epektibo ito. Batay kasi doon sa experience natin noong nakaraang taon kahit nag order si Pangulong Duterte ng price freeze
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    28 January 2021
    Filipinos lost P1.4T in income due to 2020 lockdown restrictions-NEDA
    The Philippines can no longer afford any prolonged quarantine as families lost some P1.4 trillion in 2020 due to lockdown restrictions, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported Thursday. In a virtual briefing, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the quarantine removed P801 billion of spending in 2020, equivalent to P2.2 billion daily. Factoring in the impact on jobs and the multiplier effect, losses are estimated at P1.4 trillion or P2.8 billion a day. Such quarantine restrictions led to an average annual income loss of P23,000 per worker, but the average level masks wide differences across sectors and jobs, and some workers are hit harder, especially those who lost employment.
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